A message from Alastair Chapman, Chairman of The Wellington Trust

On 25th September this year, The Wellington Trust announced entry into a period of phased re-opening of the WELLINGTON. This followed several months of closure, since April, for a period of intense maintenance and statutory compliance work.

Following this announcement, we have been overwhelmed by good wishes, positive messages and offers of support. Thank you so much; this means a lot to those who have been committed to the actions necessary to secure the future of WELLINGTON over the last few busy months. We are genuinely buoyed by the encouraging reaction and response to our re-opening plans.

The re-opening announcement has also prompted a welcome flurry of questions in three main areas of interest:

  • Visiting and access arrangements
  • The condition and safety of the ship
  • Future events and educational activity

For reference, we have produced a short briefing note to guide you on some of these points. Please download the PDF attachment to learn more.

Thank you once again for your support and we look forward to welcoming you onboard soon!

News Update - reopening of the WELLINGTON

The WELLINGTON has been closed to the public following the departure of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners (HCMM) in April 2023. This allowed the Wellington Trust to undertake a period of intense maintenance and statutory compliance works.

The WELLINGTON is fully compliant with statutory regulations and has full P&I insurance (including public liability) and Hull & Machinery cover.

Furthermore, the Port of London Authority has confirmed that the Wellington Trust is complying with the Licence under which they permit WELLINGTON to remain on the Thames at her Temple Stairs berth.

With effect from Monday 2nd October, we shall enter the first phase of preparing to open fully to the public once again.

Events and Hospitality

New caterers have been appointed and are preparing for the second phase of opening, and to become fully operational. We shall be sharing more details in the coming weeks.


Our education committee is busy working on reinstating our popular education programme, which will restart soon. If schools and colleges would like to be updated on our progress with this, please contact edo@thewellingtontrust.org.

We look forward to welcoming you onboard soon.

The Wellington Trust Chairman, Alastair Chapman

The Wellington

Dressed overall for the happy occasion of the Coronation of our Beloved Sovereign,
His Majesty King Charles III
Photo acknowledgement to Mr. Paul Wilson, King's Waterman and Lighterman

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